Somalia Al Shabaab attacks Africa Al Shabaab militants launch deadly attacks on Mogadishu hotels

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A Somali soldier stands guard by the scene of an al Shabaab suicide attack on a military intelligence base in Mogadishu on June 21, 2015. © Mohamed Abdiwahab, AFP file picture

Text by FRANCE 24 

Al Shabaab militants on Friday launched near simultaneous attacks on two hotels in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, killing at least five civilians in the twin assaults, authorities said.

A suicide bomber used an explosive-laden car to smash open the gates of one of the two fortified hotels as gunmen then stormed both premises.

Mortar rounds were also fired at Mogadishu’s former main football stadium, now a key base of African Union (AU) troops, security officials said. There were no reports of casualties in that attack.

The Weheliye and Siyaad hotels are popular meeting places for the country’s lawmakers, government workers and businessmen.

According to Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security agency, responsibility for the hotel attacks has…

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